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My 2010, 2.0 l, manual Forester has started to crash and bang over bumps and scuttle on bumpy corners. I suspect rear shocks are goosed ( 80k miles up). Handling also become poorer.

Trouble is I am confused about where and what to buy? Can anyone help me identify the correct shocks at a decent price. I don't have fancy self-levelling kit. Just a decent, long lasting set is what I am after.

I seem to remember info on here posted ( by MrB?) about good deals on rear shocks and how to fit them but can't find the posts. I'll be doing this myself because I am skint at present.

best wishes all,

Wul

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22 hours ago, Brack said:

Maybe this one Wulbert? Dont think it mentions SH models though.

 

this is the thread I was about to post...

I know Mr B has mentioned Pedders in the past being good but expensive in comparison and also monroe shocks

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The SH model is a complete redesign of rear suspension not using a strut setup .

Aftermarket shock option on these is Bilstein or Monroe, I've used Bilstein B4 (do B6 versions as well) as they good quality product and tuned more towards our rougher B style road conditions .

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On 7/30/2021 at 1:31 PM, Mr B said:

The SH model is a complete redesign of rear suspension not using a strut setup .

Aftermarket shock option on these is Bilstein or Monroe, I've used Bilstein B4 (do B6 versions as well) as they good quality product and tuned more towards our rougher B style road conditions .

Thank you Mr B. And "thank you" to you other kind people who responded. Sorry for delay in coming back here to check....events and various family ill health had overtaken me.

I also have a humming bearing at the back end somewhere now to deal with....joy!

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Man, these Foresters are expensive cars to run.  Suspension components seem to need regular attention. I think I counted nine (nine!) rubber bushes on one rear wheel assembly alone.

I shall probably be going back to a wee Honda Jazz once I get the Forester sorted out. Just realised I should get a small, cheap quad bike for hauling the trailer in my woodland work and just get a cheap-to-run road car with a towbar for road use.

I like my Forester but my purse can't afford it.

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The older Foresters SF 97-2002 and SG early models 2003-2006 are way better working vehicles.
I got 2 SF foresters, both 22 years old and they no bother or expense, Have a 19 year old SG and while okay the SF is clearly far better built .
Same era Outbacks very good too, late 90's to early 2000's was some of best built cars ever and the value is great as they can last decades  .
Suspension bushes/parts pretty cheap on Subaru but you do go through them fast on likes of SH onward model Foresters, the redesigned suspension was no good for durability and parts spec is always declining partly under the disguise of environment and partly penny pinching .
New unfortunately is not better, not just subaru or cars, most products are massive change in material quality and design, most diesel subarus already scrapped or had some HUGE repair bills that really alter owners lifestyle, the hybrid vehicles much the same, highly unreliable and all they good at is costing consumers money and creating more waste parts/consumables to try keep the junk working, almost seems engineered to milk your bank account and end up total loss scrap !
Quite simply if you want a good proper built car and low amount of repairs buy a proper tidy older one, newer across all brands is garbage .
Is a fair few older lower mileage likely clean SF Foresters kicking around for 1K to 2K range, I picked up a manual one (hard find proper clean manual models) couple months ago as spare winter car for wife & mother, easy drive & super reliable . Want replace the SG with nice clean SF when stumble on right one.
All the best for 2022 .

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On 12/14/2021 at 12:43 PM, Mr B said:

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The older Foresters SF 97-2002 and SG early models 2003-2006 are way better working vehicles.
I got 2 SF foresters, both 22 years old and they no bother or expense, Have a 19 year old SG and while okay the SF is clearly far better built .
Same era Outbacks very good too, late 90's to early 2000's was some of best built cars ever and the value is great as they can last decades  .
Suspension bushes/parts pretty cheap on Subaru but you do go through them fast on likes of SH onward model Foresters, the redesigned suspension was no good for durability and parts spec is always declining partly under the disguise of environment and partly penny pinching .
New unfortunately is not better, not just subaru or cars, most products are massive change in material quality and design, most diesel subarus already scrapped or had some HUGE repair bills that really alter owners lifestyle, the hybrid vehicles much the same, highly unreliable and all they good at is costing consumers money and creating more waste parts/consumables to try keep the junk working, almost seems engineered to milk your bank account and end up total loss scrap !
Quite simply if you want a good proper built car and low amount of repairs buy a proper tidy older one, newer across all brands is garbage .
Is a fair few older lower mileage likely clean SF Foresters kicking around for 1K to 2K range, I picked up a manual one (hard find proper clean manual models) couple months ago as spare winter car for wife & mother, easy drive & super reliable . Want replace the SG with nice clean SF when stumble on right one.
All the best for 2022 .

Thanks Mr B.  I shall look into the older models.  If I could get a decent, older Forester for £2k than that's cheaper than a Honda Quad.

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If you don't need it road legal you can find them 500 to 1K .
I used a 1986 Justy for years running around my land, bought it for £50 lol .
Quads and specialist utility vehicles are stupid money for what you actually get, same scenario as lawn tractors .
Is a few interesting SF Foresters around if keep looking for them, if you would accept an Auto transmission then quite a few more likely proper clean ones can be found.
Just be proper diligent on rust inspection .
Facebook marketplace and gumtree been best places find the good stuff for me  .

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